Soon after the new 2014 Mazda6 is released, the sporty all-wheel-drive MazdaSpeed6 variant could make a comeback – possibly returning as a two-door coupe targeting the Audi A5, Auto Express reports.
A two-door MazdaSpeed6 would act as a halo car for Mazda, which is exactly what Mazda reportedly wants. With a coupe model based on the 2014 Mazda6 optimistically positioned up against the Audi A5, as Mazdaspeed6 coupe could inject some sportiness back into the midsize sedan segment – something that's mostly been lacking since the last Mazdaspeed6 left the party in 2007.
When asked about the possibility of a future MPS model (the name given to the Mazdaspeed6 in the U.K.), program manager Hiroshi Kajiyama told Auto Express: “There is a high potential for this, and it would be helpful to the brand.”
Rumor has it that a new Mazdaspeed6 would follow the same formula as the last one – that is with a turbocharged four-pot driving all four wheels. Auto Express reasons that the Mazda6's gas-powered 2.0-liter SkyActiv I-4 is the most likely candidate for the Mazdaspeed6. That engine (currently available on the Mazda3 and not yet confirmed on the U.S.-spec 6) would be fitted with a turbocharger. Auto Express estimates that powerplant will make around 260 hp, but output could be higher to match or beat the previous-generation Mazdaspeed6's output of 274 hp. Since the 2014 Mazda6 shares a few key parts with the new CX-5, its all-wheel drive system should transfer easily to a future Mazdaspeed version.
The ultimate question remains: could the Mazdaspeed6 come to our shores? Should it? Of the two confirmed 2014 Mazda6 body styles, we're only slated to get the sedan, while the rest of the world gets the wagon too. A Mazda6 coupe could make more sense in our market, considering some rivals (like Honda) still offer two-door versions of their midsize sedans. If the coupe body style does arrive, a Mazdaspeed6 Coupe could also find its place in Mazda's U.S. lineup to compete against the V-6-powered Honda Accord Coupe, and a sedan version could provide an alternative to the departed Subaru Legacy GT.
Should the “zoom-zoom” brand build a two-door version of the Mazda6? What other variants of the upcoming midsizer would you like to see? Sound off in the comments below.
Source: Auto Express